Three of the UK’s most prominent arts charity organisations, working with learning disabled artists, are joining forces on x3, a series of virtual exhibitions to showcase work by their artists including new work created during lockdown. The project commences with the first of three exhibitions, ‘Electric Dreams’, which launches online on 11th March 2021.
Hosted by Venture Arts, the first x3 virtual exhibition, ‘Electric Dreams’, is inspired by the inner-world of dreamscapes and is curated by Venture Arts artists Daniel Elms and Sally Hirst. Making audio description an art in itself, each work will be described with a poem specially written by Sally Hirst, who you can listen to in the video tour above.
The show features the work of Daniel Elms (Venture Arts), Declan Leslie (ActionSpace) and Gary Turner (Project Ability). The theme of dreams brings together visions of longed-for natural beauty in the photography of Daniel Elms, whilst the visionary cartoon world of Manga art inspires the surreal work of Gary Turner and horror and the grotesque run through the sometimes-nightmarish work of Decan Leslie.
“We are thrilled to be working with our partners at ActionSpace and Project Ability on this exciting project and to provide a new platform to show the work of some of our many talented artists. The support of these partner organisations has always been so key to us but never more so than during the challenging and dark times of the pandemic. Together we have found ways to keep moving forward, to adapt and maintain the vital services being offered to our artists and continue to promote the incredible work being produced. This advocacy and exposure is more relevant and fundamental now than ever.”
Amanda Sutton, Director at Venture Arts.
You can watch the video tour of ‘Electric Dreams’ in the video above or explore the exhibition for yourself in ArtSteps here.
Project Ability will host the next exhibition in May and ActionSpace will present the final exhibition of the trio in July. Further details to be announced.